About Karen

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Karen’s roots in art began with her grandparents, one a glass artist, the other an oil painter. Her life, however, took a different turn. With two children to raise, she became a dedicated Nephrology nurse in Westchester County, New York. After a gratifying career spanning 37 years, Karen and her husband Richard, retired to Monterey, MA, a small town just east of Great Barrington in southern Berkshire County. Karen was finally able to devote her time to stained glass and pastel art.

Her love of stained glass began as a hobby in 1995, and with the exception of one introductory course, she is self-taught. In 2012, Karen had a studio built and began accepting commissions. She now devotes most of her time working in her studio in both stained glass and pastels.

All of her commissioned stained glass works are original designs and are site specific. Karen’s works of art are in homes and businesses from Maine to Florida. Her work has been included in group shows in the Knox Gallery, Monterey, MA; Richmond-West Stockbridge Artists’ Guild Fine Art Shows, Richmond, MA; First Friday Art Walk, Pittsfield, MA; Ridgefield Guild of Artists Juried Shows, Ridgefield, CT and Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY.

Karen is an active member of the Richmond-West Stockbridge Artists’ Guild and the Art League of Hilton Head.

Karen spends part of the year on Hilton Head Island, SC away from her primary studio but is available for concept and design work on stained glass projects. She continues to work in pastels during the winter.